LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A motorcyclist was killed after crashing into a tree that fell across the roadway in Lincoln County early Wednesday morning, troopers say.
The crash happened around 2 a.m. along Highway 73 near Club Drive and N. Pilot Knob Road. Troopers say the motorcyclist, identified as 24-year-old Jacob Wayne Chase, was going west when he collided with a tree that had fallen across the road.
Chase was pronounced dead at the scene.
Around 740 homes were without power after the tree brought down power lines, Duke Energy reported. Crews responded to the scene, cleared the tree and repaired the lines after the crash.
Troopers cleared the scene but the North Carolina Department of Transportation closed the highway down in both directions for several hours.
A GoFundMe was set up for Chase’s family to help with his funeral expenses.
No further information has been released.